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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Jackson Whipps Showalter
"Blackburne the Magician" (game of the day Sep-04-2018)
6th American Chess Congress (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 9, Apr-03
Queen's Gambit Declined: Pseudo-Tarrasch. Primitive Pillsbury Variation (D50)  ·  1-0



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Aug-03-05  Knight13: 7... d4? A mistake which gives White a better game.

And the funny thing is that Blackburne missed the 19... Nfe4# move!

Good game.

Aug-29-05  SnoopDogg: Heh how many times did Blackburne miss mate in 1?
Sep-24-06  Toastman: why continue to think when you have already seen a forced mate?
Sep-04-18  RookFile: I'm sure the last few moves were played quickly. It doesn't really matter.
Sep-04-18  AlicesKnight: Horse-Whipped......
Sep-04-18  green ink: Once, a team match I was in was decided narrowly when an opposing player threw away an easy win. Afterwards his exasperated team mates did a post mortem and pointed out all the winning moves he had failed to play: "And at this point, you had a mate-in-two!" "Yes, I saw that", said the hapless guy, "but I thought I saw a better move."
Sep-04-18  ughaibu: <you had a mate-in-two!" "Yes, I saw that", said the hapless guy, "but I thought I saw a better move.">

White to play and mate in one, but. . . it must be the best one.

Sep-04-18  Ironmanth: chop chop! Thanks for this one, chessgames!
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  ICCM Bart Gibbons: White's 7th move,Qh4,was played by Pillsbury against Lasker at St. Petersburg 1895-6. Lasker won in brilliant style after 7..Be7. Nine years later at Cambridge Springs 1904), Pillsbury reached the same position against Lasker, and improved with 7 Bxf6, also winning brilliantly.
Sep-04-18  ughaibu: ICCM Bart Gibbons: Interesting comments, thanks for adding that historical content to the culture of the site.
Sep-04-18  cormier: Analysis by Wilhelm Steinitz.
7. ...dxc4 8. Rd1 Bd7 would have kept the game still even. -- Steinitz 8. O-O-O
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  ICCM Bart Gibbons: ughaibu: Thank you, glad you appreciated it. Legend has it that Pillsbury waited for the right opportunity to spring the improvement, but see the comment below:

Sep-22-09 TheFocus: It is a commonly accepted myth that Pillsbury discovered Bxf6 and waited eight years to spring it on Lasker. The truth is that Pollock discovered the move and printed it in British Chess Magazine in 1896. His and Mason's notes later made up the book St. Petersburg 1895-96, printed in 1896. This is another one of those "chess myths" that seems to never die.

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